Sunday, 18 June 2017

How Interior Design is becoming Ultra Modern || Guest Post

Guest Post: Gina Kay Daniel

 Modernism has been practised over centuries in different cultures around the world, and in the present day amongst interior designers looking for the minimalist aesthetic. The use of Modernist Design in the western world and interior design itself can be dated back to the 19th century. Originally, it was linked to “modern thinking” and was usually associated with the intellectuals and creatives within society. Now, the term is home to a number of sub genres, such as futurism, cubism and abstract minimalism.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Book Review: Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Beware a calm surface - you never know what lies beneath.

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the Summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Meet my June advertisers!

Today I want to introduce you to the fantastic faces featuring in my sidebar this month! I have a lovely bunch of bloggers sponsoring my blog this month, and if you don't already read/follow their blogs I hope you will by the end of this post! 

Angelwings and Petticoats is a lifestyle blog, covering books and mental health. Alex started Angelwings and Petticoats with the intention of breaking down the stigma around mental illness; schizophrenia, in particular. Alex does a fantastic job of balancing fun, light-hearted posts with the more serious, important posts; as she doesn't just write exclusively about mental health. I love Alex's first "favourites" post and I hope she continues the series!


Monday, 12 June 2017

2017 Goals Check-In!

Black Analog Wall Clock

Now that we are halfway through the year (how has that happened?!) it's time to check-in with my 2017 goals. It's so easy to set goals at the start of the year, and then forget about them. By checking in halfway through the year, I can remind myself of my goals and focus on the ones I've not checked off yet! Let's see how I'm getting on...
Fit into a size 10/12 - I'm still a long way away from this one. It's taken me the last six months to get my butt firmly on the exercise and healthy eating train, but now I'm on it I'm hoping for good results! This one's a little unrealistic now, though, so time for a new goal. New goal: Fit into a size 14.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Let's Talk Weddings: The Dress, and The Rest!

Wedding Preparation

In just a few days, the wedding countdown will be at THREE MONTHS! Three months?! Sure, everybody told me my wedding day would come around so fast, but I didn't believe them! If the last year is anything to go by, these next three months will just speed by and it'll be our wedding day before we know it! So how is the wedding prep going? 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Book Review: Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey

When eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home she finds her mother missing, the house covered in blood. Everything points to murder, except for one thing: there's no sign of the body.

London detective Maeve Kerrigan and the homicide team turn their attention to the neighbours. The ultra-religious Norrises are acting suspiciously; their teenage daughter and Chloe Emery definitely have something to hide.Then there's William Turner, once accused of stabbing a schoolmate and the neighbourhood's favourite criminal. Is he merely a scapegoat, or is there more behind the charismatic facade? 

As a body fails to materialise, Maeve must piece together a patchwork of testimonies and accusations. Who is lying, and who is not? And soon Maeve starts to realise that not only will the answer lead to Kate Emery, but more lives may hang in the balance.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Swedish Influence || When I Wake Up Blog Tour

I have lived in various countries but growing up in Sweden had a profound impact on me and therefore, setting When I Wake Up in my home country felt like an easy choice. Sweden is amazing with its four seasons. Summertime is synonymous with lush green fields and fresh air; it never really gets dark at night and everything comes alive. Autumn is colourful but wet and wintertime is clouded in a chilling darkness.

People love to be outside all year round when the sun shines. My mother would always tell me to go outside: ‘the sun is shining, Jessica!’ But it meant abandoning whatever book I was reading…
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